Current Exhibitions

Posted On March 18, 2020
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The safety of our community is our highest priority at Georgia State University. Out of caution regarding the current coronavirus situation, all exhibition visits require a reservation.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to re-open for the Fall season with two exhibitions, MaDora Frey: Stargaze, curated by Welch School Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell, and A Facsimile of Events, conceived by New York-based curator Jesse Penridge. The pair of exhibitions are in dialogue about the human relationship with nature from historical and contemporary artistic perspectives. The exhibitions will be on view September 24  – November 13. Admission is free with timed e-ticket. Reserve your ticket at Eventbrite. Masks and a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing are required. A maximum of 10 visitors per 30 minute time slot is permitted in the galleries.

MaDora FreyStargaze

Open September 24- November 13

                              Above: MaDora Frey, Sky Mirror Box, projection, dimensions variable. 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
MaDora FreyStargaze is a series of al fresco earthworks, projections, and gallery tableaux by Atlanta-based artist MaDora Frey, exhibited for the first time at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery. Frey connects with the sublime by making temporary marks in spaces that are defined by the immensity of geologic time. She creates patterns with available rubble, ingredients that are the detritus of the quarrying industry and millions of years of erosion. She pairs manufactured materials such as dichroic glass, mirrors, and metallic fabrics with fragile blooms and chunks of wood in impermanent arrangements.


MaDora Frey. Courtesy of the artist.

Frey is a cross-disciplinary artist currently in residence at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Studio Artist program. She has exhibited internationally with shows in Seattle, Washington; New York City; Vienna, Austria; and Madrid, Spain. She was commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art to create a large-scale outdoor public work on the museum campus. A new public art project will open in Atlanta in the summer of 2020. Accolades include the Prince of Wales Fellowship in Normandy, France, and publication in New American Paintings. Residency grants include Jentel, Vermont Studio Center, and Marble House Project, where she now serves as an advisory board member and juror. Frey has instructed and lectured at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New York Academy of Art, Auburn University, LIM College, Abbey Road International Program, and Georgia State University. Originally from Georgia, she received her MFA in painting, magna cum laude, from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA, with a concentration in drawing and printmaking, from Auburn University. Additionally, Frey studied at the Florence Academy in Italy. Her work is held in numerous private collections.

A Facsimile of Events

Open September 24- November 13

Above: Superstudio, Niagra,1970, Lithograph, 69 x 87 cm, ed 459/ 500. Courtesy of Jesse Penridge.

Curator Jesse Penridge writes that A Facsimile of Events draws upon the deep history of human intervention in the landscape to give context to and compliment the history of 20th century Land Art.”  With works by Robert Smithson, Ana Mendieta, Superstudio, M.R. Handley, William Lamson, Benny Merris, Dennis Oppenheim, and reproductions of the plans for Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta, the exhibition “will explore the work of key 20th century Land artists, their predecessors, their progeny and the various ways that we employ the environment to our own end.”

    Jesse Penridge is currently the director of Tilton Gallery, New York, an advisor, and independent curator. He is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and active in many of New York’s nonprofit arts organizations.

Welch School Gallery Director and visual artist Cynthia Farnell has curated and designed programming for numerous exhibitions of art within university, public, and commercial contexts. The central themes of her curatorial projects and studio work are driven by human relationships with nature and how these interactions impact the environment, individuals, and communities.

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Welch School Gallery upcoming Fall 2020 exhibitions:

November 23-28
Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 3 – 11
Fall BFA Exhibition

Our community of students, faculty, and alumni has always been marked by its outstanding perseverance and grit. Creativity and its expression does not stop when tragedy hits, but instead becomes all the more important to our shared experience. It is during this time that we want to celebrate the hard work that our artists and designers have put in this year, and to feature the work they will continue to pursue during this tough climate. All updates will be posted on our website and social media—we encourage you to tune in, share, and support.

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Please contact cfarnell@gsu.edu for additional information on the gallery and/or jkuntz@gsu.edu for all other press.